Barcelona Plan to Keep Hold of Ivan Rakitić in January Following Arthur’s Drop in Form

​Barcelona now want to keep hold of2 midfielder Ivan Rakitić, who has proven to be a vital player in recent weeks to compensate for Arthur’s struggles.

Rakitić had struggled to hold down a permanent place in the team in recent times and was therefore viewed as expendable going into the January transfer window. However, he has recently been brought back into the lineup, impressing in the club’s last three games.

Ivan Rakitic

​Mundo Deportivo state that club officials have been left incredibly impressed by both ​Rakitić‘s mentality and level of performances, and they no longer wish to offload him in January.

His place in the squad had been under threat because of the emergence of Brazilian Arthur, but the 23-year-old has endured a challenging season both on and off the field.

Arthur has battled multiple injuries throughout the season, while also facing plenty of questions about his social life. His form on the pitch has made him unreliable and appears to have handed Rakitić a lifeline.

Arthur Melo

It is said that nobody in the club – including Rakitić – felt as though the door would be reopened to him, but he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands and seems to have earned himself the chance to remain at Camp Nou.

If he can maintain his current level, ​Barcelona want him around for the foreseeable future. Not only has he been a model professional, but he also possesses the quality to make an impact on the pitch.

Ivan Rakitic,Ousmane Dembele

The likes of ​Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and ​Inter are just three of many sides who had been linked with the Croatian, but it looks like those rumours may now have been put to bed.

Rakitić has made 14 appearances for Barcelona this season, contributing two assists to steer Barcelona to the top of both ​La Liga and their ​Champions League group.

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